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I tell you what, my 2.5-year old is the cutest little kid ever! I know, every parent says that . . . but this time it is true!

We taught him awhile ago to say “bless you” when someone sneezes. Well, now it is a great indicator for lots of things. For example, if we are unsure if he is asleep yet, we could quietly fake sneeze in the other room and if he is awake he will always yell out “bless you” from his bedroom! It is the cutest thing!

But, the little guy didn’t just leave it at that. No, he took it to another level. If you cough, he says “bless you”. I mean, if you coughed for an hour straight he would say “bless you” every time! My wife had a coughing fit that lasted several minutes one time and between patting her leg, he would say “bless you” every single time. This kid! Needless to say, it is absolutely adorable to hear this little boy care so much for those in pain. And yes, he says “bless you” when he coughs or sneezes as well.

You may be wondering what the point of this cute story is besides being cute? Well, the phrase “bless you” got me thinking of how people use the term “God bless you”. I hear people say it all the time to anyone and everyone. I even see it on the signature of emails people send.

Well, in John 1:10-11, God gives us a new perspective on giving His blessings to those who do not follow Him:

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

This is a very serious matter. When people try to give God’s blessing to someone who does not follow God, they are in danger of partaking of that person’s unfaithfulness. Some food for thought for when you want to casually or mundanely throw out a “God bless you” to a stranger.

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